First Posted: 8/6/2013
Editor’s note: It’s no secret that the Sunday Dispatch carries a lot of history dating back to 1947. Now, we’re providing our readers with some of that history. Every week, we’ll hop in our Delorean and go back in time to each decade since the Dispatch has been in print to give you a look into the past.
Wyoming Area’s Mickey Capizzi, a four-year varsity starting catcher, announced she will continue her playing career as a Lady Cougar at College Misericordia, now known as Misericordia University.
As a senior at Wyoming Area, Capizzi was captain of the softball team. She received the Ann Holland Scholarship, was named District 2 PIAA Scholar Athlete and led Division 1-AA in doubles.
Capizzi was also named a Times Leader First Team All-Star. At Misericordia, she enrolled in a five-year Physical Therapy program.
Tracie Mulhern and Holly Newcomb, both members of the Pittston Area cross country team, traveled to the University of Tennessee to compete in the AAU Junior Olympic Track Championship, representing the Northeastern Pennsylvania Blazers Track Club.
They combined with Alaina Canidi and Kendra Ericson, of Wallenpaupak, to form a 4x800 relay team. At the national championships, Newcomb ran a split of 2:25.9 and the girls captured the bronze in the 15-16 year-old division with a time of 10:07.
Mulhern was a sophomore at Pittston, while Newcomb was a junior.
The Browntown Italian Club Angels captured the 1983 Pittston Township Little League title with a 6-2 victory over the Vullo Tires Yankees.
Rob Harding struck out 14 and gave up only three hits in a winning effort. He also helped himself at the plate with two hits, including his 10th home run of the season.
George Murphy also had two hits. Rob Jenkins helped the Yankees with a home run.
The Exeter Little League played host to a mom’s game.
The game was originally slated to be played against an all-star team. But when so many mothers wanted to play, they decided to form two teams known as the Rockets and Flyers. The Flyers beat the Rockets, 11-8.
Rosie Lukash was the winning pitcher and Marian Pellegrini the losing pitcher.
Playing for the Rockets were: Marian Pellegrini, Vicky Stochla, Erika Bagnato, Aggie Abromavage, Cookie Pace, Barbara Davals, Marie Conniff, Irene DeGraba, Barbara Coyne, Dodie Kuharchik, Ann Parusi, Marcella Fountain and Lucy Bresnahan.
Playing for the Flyers were: Rosie Lukash, Josie Mdoesky, Regina Lepore, Claga DeGraba, Mary Ann Switzer, Cathy James, Doris Charney, Lena Seman, Rose Lawrence, Hortense Oschal, Josie Hatrak, Cookie Clapps, Cheryl McNeil and Mary Wruble.
The Pittston Little League All-Stars were still stinging from a 3-2 loss to Connellsville in the state playoffs held in Latrobe. Pittston then went on to beat Beaver Little League, 4-0, in a consolation game.
Charlie Turco pitched a perfect game while striking out 13 batters, including the first 10 he faced.
Third baseman Lou Loquasto, who has since passed away, provided Turco with the pop by blasting a three-run home run in the first inning.